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Remove Rapid Downloader (Improved Guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

What do you need to know about Rapid Downloader?

Rapid Downloader is a deceptive application that pretends to be a download manager software. Although it pretends to be a useful program, it is not. Computer users should be aware of download managers as in most cases, they are known to be potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or at least spread such apps. No matter that Rapid Downloader claims to be an advantageous program, it is just another adware program, which seeks to promote its affiliates and their websites. If you have spotted “ads by Rapid Downloader,” “brought to you by Rapid Downloader” and similarly entitled Rapid Downloader ads, this dubious software is already running on your system. We want to warn you that keeping this program is highly unrecommended.

Rapid Downloader displays corrupted ads that contain hyperlinks. So you should not click on these ads and expect to be led to the ad content related websites. Most likely you are going to end up on dubious third-party web domains, which usually present various different type of promotional content or promote questionable freeware or shareware. Moreover, you might be offered to fill some surveys to “get a prize” or “participate in a lottery.” Be aware of such doubtful offers. You should never reveal your personal information to unreliable sources like third-parties; plus, you should never download doubtful applications from insecure third-party websites.

Questions about Rapid Downloader

Another fact about RapidDownloader is that this program significantly slows down the computer’s performance. It may start to lag, freeze or even crash from time to time. This happens because Rapid Downloader uses PC resources to run its suspicious processes on your computer. Also, Rapid Downloader might collect non-personal information about you, including browsing history, IP address, computer location, your search queries and other related information. We highly doubt that you want to share such info for suspicious domains, as such info might include some personally-identifiable details. We strongly recommend removing Rapid Downloader virus automatically upon its detection – you can use Reimage anti-malware application for that.

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How can Rapid Downloader hijack my computer? I did not install it!

You might be surprised by the fact that you did install Rapid Downloader. You just have not realized that you did so; try to remember if you have downloaded and installed any free programs lately. Think about it – did you read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy documents? Did you select Advanced or Custom settings to install the program correctly? If not, you probably have skipped the part that disclose that the program carries some additional applications with it. You should never choose to install programs using the Default or Standard installation mode, as neither one or another let you configure the software components that you want to install. This is why you have to opt for Custom or Advanced option and then deselect any suggestions to get unfamiliar apps. If Rapid Downloader ads have already started to attack you all the time, please proceed to the next page to find out how to remove it.


Question. I keep receiving ads by Rapid Downloader. What kind of virus it is?! I want to eliminate these ads, but I just don’t know how. Can you help me out?

Answer: Ads by Rapid Downloader virus can be overly annoying, plus, these ads confuses computer users because it is impossible to shut them down for good just by closing them. To remove these ads completely, you need to uninstall Rapid Downloader scam program. You can uninstall Rapid Downloader with an anti-spyware program, but you can also try to uninstall it manually. To find out how, scroll down and investigate RapidDownloader removal guide:

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To remove Rapid Downloader, follow these steps:

Uninstall Rapid Downloader from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Rapid Downloader and related programs
    Here, look for Rapid Downloader or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Eliminate Rapid Downloader from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Rapid Downloader or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of Rapid Downloader from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Rapid Downloader and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Rapid Downloader removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Rapid Downloader from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Rapid Downloader should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Rapid Downloader from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Rapid Downloader and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Rapid Downloader removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Rapid Downloader from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Rapid Downloader and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Rapid Downloader removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Rapid Downloader from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Rapid Downloader or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Rapid Downloader removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. KellyL says:
    December 8th, 2015 at 4:00 am

    This suspicious installer was placed on my computer without my permission. That is not appropriate! Acts like a virus!

  2. Clique says:
    December 8th, 2015 at 4:02 am

    bloody adware. block the screen with tons of ads! however, no worries now as i have removed it with spyhunter very easily. no more ads for me:):):)

  3. styven83 says:
    December 8th, 2015 at 4:06 am

    this app crashes again and again plus delivers tons of adds, i do not recommend rapid downloader

  4. Poppy says:
    December 9th, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Adware program that brings nothing but stress for you. I feel such a relief after removing it! If anyone is interested, I removed it manually. It was quite easy to get rid of it this way!

  5. user92 says:
    December 9th, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    so disappointed with this app… Rapid Downloader did not work good, all it did was bring ads for me… Thumbs down for sure

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